Cabela’s Ladies Day and Outdoors Woman

I’m headed to Buda, Texas (Austin area) early tomorrow morning to represent the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops at the Cabela’s Ladies Day Out event.  This weekend workshop will offer seminars and demonstrations in fly fishing, exotic game cooking, archery, reloading, sport shooting, ladies gear, camp cooking, optics for birding and nature, and more.

The Becoming and Outdoors Woman workshops are available in almost every state, and are also a great opportunity for women to get their feet wet with outdoor activities such as handgun, rifle, shotgun, or archery, as well as everything from learning about edible plants to basket weaving and game butchering to bird house building.  Participants are able to choose the workshops they would like to attend from a list of many.

Check out the links above for more information on either of these events, but if you wish to attend a BOW workshop, send in your registration and payment the minute you receive notice, as they fill up almost instantly.  You can find the Texas BOW facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

And if you are in the Austin, Texas area tomorrow, come by the BOW table and say hi!

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Gun range campout – doesn’t get much better than that!

This weekend was a great time of outdoor fun, when some of us attending a Project Appleseed event camped out at the range for the weekend.

We were in heaven with campfire cooking, rifle shooting, beautiful weather, and good friends – when the only thing missing for me was a shower :/

I’ve mentioned Project Appleseed many times in my posts – such as in:  “No Guns in My House – Well, Maybe,” “Ladies, You Are in Good Company!,” and “Generation HC Member:  Leslie Cernik aka Western Rose,” as well as about five others; so you can tell that I think very highly of the organization.

For those who haven’t checked them out yet, you can go to the Project Appleseed website, or find the Appleseed facebook page for your region of the country for more info.

This is a great entry-level event in which to learn firearm safety, three-position rifle shooting, and to hear some American history that you may never have heard before.

It’s also an opportunity for the experienced rifle shooter to possibly earn their Rifleman patch on the Army Qualification Test, and it is an intensive weekend of training and education that you won’t soon forget.  I encourage you to investigate and find an event in your area to attend.

Although it will soon be too warm in my area to tent camp (in my opinion), I’ve got my iron skillets and dutch ovens oiled up and will be ready for the first hint of cooler weather in the fall.

Now to practice my rifle skills for the next Appleseed.

Gotta get that Rifleman patch!

Recipe Review Coming Up

I can’t wait to read the entire “Girl Hunter” book, by Georgia Pellegrini, before trying some of the recipes, so I’m going to start with the Adobo Javelina Backstrap.  This may take a day to accomplish, because I’m going to go through the suggested brining technique before cooking.  The recipe can also be used for any pork, as well as antlered game, which would not require the brining process.

Here’s the recipe (abridged instructions, though will post details later), without the brine:

javelina (boar/hog) backstraps or tenderloins, brined

1 chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped, with about 1 or 2 teaspoons of the sauce

1/3 cup cider vinegar

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

4 Tablespoons olive oil

Place loins in a resealable bag with all of the ingredients except 2 Tb of olive oil (this is after the brining process is complete).  Refrigerate between one and four hours.  Remove and let come to room temp about 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350.  Heat a large, ovenproof skillet and pour in remaining 2 TB of oil.  Sear tenderloins until golden brown on all sides, about four minutes.  Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 12 to 15 minutes longer.

Remove from heat, put on plate, cover with foil, let rest for 20 minutes.

Gotta run take the backstraps out of the freezer and get started!  I’ll let you know how it comes out.

New Books to Review!

Just received “Shoot,” by Julie Golob today, as well as “Girl Hunter,” by Georgia Pellegrini, two books I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing.  “Shoot” is “Your guide to shooting and competition,” and contains 248 pages of photos, tips, techniques, and training concepts.

“Girl Hunter” is not just about the hunt, but also about how to prepare the game in delectably delightful dishes.  Subtitled as “Revolutionizing the way we eat, one hunt at a time,” Pellegrini acknowledges the desire of many these days to know where their food comes from.

Stories of her hunting journey, along with the recipes, add up to over 245 pages of great reading.  Needless to say, although I’m a fast reader, I will not be ready to review either of these next week, but will get to it eventually.  I’m excited about making some of Georgia’s recipes and letting you know how they turn out.

Hope to at least get a recipe reviewed soon, so stay tuned…